A few weeks ago my brother and sister-in-law welcomed a new addition to their family - a lovely baby boy called Simon, a little brother to a very cute young man called Jonas. And what better excuse than to start making some little baby goodies ( I am not sure if I have mentioned before but I find more inspiration when I know that my creations will get immediate use).
And when I looked at the fabric I got in New York last week I immediately knew that I wanted to use the Aliens and Music Notes patterned fabrics - they are so sweet. It was a real shame they were just end of roll and I couldn't buy more - well I guess it makes the ball that bit more special.
I found a lovely tutorial on Sew Mama Sew. In fact the balls are made by Laurraine from Patchwork Pottery, another one of my favourite blogs. The tutorial contained the best tip - when cutting the pieces cut on the bias, it makes a huge difference.
I also wanted to make the ball a bit more interesting for a baby and added some cotton ribbons; I think they feel much nicer than polyester ones. Luckily I had enough to go around. However you will see that I need a lot of practice to get the pieces to look perfectly sewn together - it was a bit tricky, I admit.